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University of Iowa senior, Juliana DeSouza, decorates her car before the start of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Parade on Saturday, Feb. 27 behind Kinnick Stadium in lot 43. Most of the other Dance Marathon events were held virtually this year due to COVID.

‘Big Event’ energy persists despite Dance Marathon operating virtually

Grace Hamilton, News Reporter February 28, 2021

Katherine Yacopucci, a University of Iowa freshman and Dance Marathon 27 morale captain, said she participated in this year's virtual "Big Event" with the same motivation she would during an in-person...

Dance marathon Morale Captains dance alone in the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the annual charity event which normally packs the entire building, has been converted to a digital live stream leaving the Iowa Memorial Union nearly empty. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

With online fundraisers, University of Iowa Dance Marathon raises $1.4 million ‘For the Kids’

Drew Sullivan, News Reporter February 27, 2021

After 24 hours of the organization's first virtual "Big Event" — which included a car parade, 24 hours of virtual activities, and head shaving at a local salon — Dance Marathon 27 raised $1,422,443.27. Participants...

Participants dance during the Power Hour in UI Dance Marathon 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Over 2,500 dancers partook in the event to help raise money for the University of Iowa Stead Family Childrens Hospital.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon’s “Big Event” will be virtual this February

Clinton Garlock, News Reporter September 16, 2020

Dance Marathon will be holding their “Big Event” virtually for the 2020-21 academic year because of the ongoing pandemic. The date of the fundraiser was also pushed from Feb. 5 to Feb. 26. The...

Kate Berlant performs during the CAB comedy show on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the IMU.

UI student organizations adapt to COVID-19, off-campus format

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter April 19, 2020

The university-wide move to a digital format canceled events and pushed all meetings online for student organizations, but members and leaders are finding ways to stay connected and plan for the fall...

Dancing in our hearts plays during  Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

‘Dancing in Our Hearts’ room remembers children who died from cancer at UIDM 26

Kinsey Phipps, News Reporter February 8, 2020

While bright colors and party music celebrated survivors of cancer and those still fighting the illness in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge downstairs, dim lights and calming tunes set a tone of remembrance...

The final total is shown during  Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Feb. 8.

Dance Marathon 26 raises $2.8 million ‘For the Kids’

Rin Swann, News Reporter February 8, 2020

After 24-hours without caffeine, sleeping, or the comfort of a chair, participants in the 26th University of Iowa Dance Marathon screamed and cried as the final tote board revealed that Dance Marathon...

Participants dance during the Power Hour in UI Dance Marathon 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26 participants dance it out at Power Hour

Rin Swann, News Reporter February 8, 2020

In the last hour of the Big Event, Dance Marathon participants crowded together in a huddle, clutching glowsticks in their palms. Upbeat music played in the background, a constant reminder of energy as...

Kids switch their tassle to the right during Kiddo Graduation at Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Ten kids celebrate being five years cancer-free at Dance Marathon 26

Kinsey Phipps, News Reporter February 8, 2020

“Congratulations to the class of 2020.” Not the class of 2020 finishing out this academic year, but the one celebrating its anniversary of being five years cancer free. Smiling faces and teary eyes...

(From left) Haley Talbot, Emily Yeast, and Audi Zapf receives awards for raising the most money of organizers and students during Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

Dance Marathon 26 recognizes top fundraisers for pediatric cancer

Rin Swann, News Reporter February 8, 2020

A little over 18 hours into University of Iowa’s 26th year of Dance Marathon, students and organizations who contributed the most for pediatric cancer were recognized in an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon. These...

Max performs during the Dance Marathon Kiddo Talent Show  at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

Kiddo talent show rocks the main ballroom

Annie Fitzpatrick and Lauren White February 8, 2020

From singing and dancing to classical violin solos, this year’s “Kiddo Talent Show” displayed the many skills of Dance Marathon 26’s members on Saturday. The show started out with kiddo Max’s...

Dancers participate in the halfway mark of Dance Marathon in the IMU Main Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Dancers listened to “Livin on a Prayer” to mark the halfway point.

Dance Marathon participants are ‘re-energized’ as they reach the halfway point

Annie Fitzpatrick, News Reporter February 8, 2020

In a sea of lime green, tie-dye, purple, pink, blue, and accompanied by University of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawkeye, dancers at the 26th annual Dance Marathon reached the halfway mark in the IMU ballroom...

Composite, Landfill, and Recycling bins were placed outside the Food Court inside the IMU during The Dance Marathon. The event took place in the IMU from Friday, February 7 to Saturday, February 8 of 2020.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon brings new sustainability efforts to Big Event

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter February 8, 2020

Hundreds of dancers and families gather together for the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event each year, and new sustainable practices within the student organization aim to help reduce the waste...

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